A fleet of 40kWh Nissan LEAFs, which can travel up to 168 miles on a single charge, are to be manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, and will be offered to drivers as part of Uber’s Clean Air Plan in London.
As part of the deal, Nissan will provide dedicated EV education programme, transaction price and marketing plan to drive uptake of the zero emission vehicles for Uber. The vision for Uber’s Clean Air Plan is for every driver on the app in the capital, around 45,000 cars, to be fully electric within the next 5 years.
Launched at the start of 2019, the Plan aims to tackle air pollution by charging 15p a mile in order to help drivers upgrade to an electric vehicle. Since this time last year, Uber has raised more than £80 million to support drivers in transitioning to electric vehicles. The plan is for more than £200 million to be raised before 2025.
Through the Clean Air Plan, drivers will be able to secure a grant of around £5,000, depending on the miles they’ve driven, off the cost of purchasing an electric car. Once a driver has adopted a fully electric vehicle, the Clean Air Fee is used to support ongoing vehicle maintenance.
In the first year of Uber’s Clean Air Plan, 900,000 Uber journeys have taken place in electric vehicles, an increase of more than 350% on the previous year. To meet the increasing demand for electric vehicles in London, Transport for London has installed more than 1,000 EV charge points in the last year alone.
A recent review of London boroughs found that Westminster council had installed 375 public chargers by the end of August 2019 – more than any other local authority in the UK.
Since 2017, NA College have been one of the main training providers for Nissan. The automotive manufacturer launched the all-new second-generation LEAF in 2018, which is currently offered with two battery capacities.